Kevin Wyness has been sacked as head coach following Aberdeen Grammar’s relegation from the Scottish Premiership.
The former Ellon coach, who succeeded Alex Duncan at Rubislaw last summer, had been determined to lead the club back to the top flight of Scottish rugby but has been told his services are no longer required.
Grammar endured a difficult campaign, finishing bottom of the division with just three wins from 18 matches.
They managed to reach the semi-finals of the Scottish Cup but defeat at home by Heriot’s on Saturday brought a disappointing season to an end.
Officials at Grammar declined to comment on Wyness’s departure, while Wyness was also unavailable for comment.
But a statement is expected in the next 48 hours after a committee meeting. Speaking before Saturday’s cup defeat by Heriot’s, Wyness raised his fears the game could be his last and spoke of his disappointment at not keeping the club in the Premiership.
He said: “I didn’t want to be the coach that gets relegated.
“But there were circumstances behind our season that were there for everyone to see.
“We have had a massive injury list and we didn’t have nearly as many professional players available to us in comparison to other clubs in the league.
“That is not an excuse, simply the facts.”
The 49-year-old spent 15 years with Grammar during his playing days and was assisted by Ali O’Connor, Colin Philips, Stuart Corsar, Rob Aloe and Steven Park at Rubislaw.
He served as a member of Alex Duncan’s backroom staff from 2010 before being promoted after Duncan’s four-year spell in charge was brought to an end last summer.